On Friday 10th August this year the Sipopo conference hall, Malabo, was the setting for the opening ceremony for the Second Ordinary Period of Sessions for the upper and lower Chambers. The ceremony featured speeches by the President of the Senate and the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Maria Teresa Efua Asangono and Gaudencio Mohaba Mesu.
The President of the Senate, Maria Teresa Efua Asangono, in her speech, explained that the second phase of sessions of the upper Chamber was full of intense legislative activity. These activities will be mainly based on the draft general State budget; above all for the 2017 economic period; the execution of the 2018 budget to 3oth June the same year, and the forecasts for the general State budgets for the 2019 period.
In this second session, they will look at other documents, such as the draft law on road transport; the two proposed laws resulting from a parliamentary initiative from the Senate, including the proposals for laws regarding the family code, and a law governing the criminal responsibility of minors in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, among other legal documents.
Regarding the activities in the Chamber of Deputies, the president Mohaba Mesu said that the institution in his charge will debate the ratification of various agreements and protocols signed by the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, and friendly countries and international organisations, and that a mixed cooperation commission will also be created.
In the second ordinary session, the representatives of the people in the Chamber of Deputies will also look at issues such as the extension of visas for diplomatic, official and service passports; the framework agreement on the establishment of the international solar alliance; the agreement between the republics of Equatorial Guinea and Ghana, on the extension of visas to holders of official diplomatic or service passports; the global cooperation agreement between our country and Bolivia; the Minamata Convention on Mercury, and other matters sent by the Executive for examination and analysis, first in the lower Chamber, and subsequently in the upper Chamber of parliament.
The appearances by those responsible for autonomous State institutions in the Senate; the reading of reports to the plenary session by delegations representing the parliament at various international forums, are some of the other points making up the agenda of this Second Ordinary Period of Sessions 2018.
The ceremony was attended by the Prime Minister of the Government, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue; members of the Government, members of the Supreme Court of Justice, representatives from diplomatic missions, representatives from political parties and religious denominations, among other national and international figures.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office